Last night we flexed the political muscle of the pro-life movement when we defeated Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). For those who don’t remember what happened: In January of last year, Congresswoman Ellmers — a former ally of Susan B. Anthony List and the pro-life movement — led the charge to stop the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, our top legislative priority. Congresswoman Ellmers — who had previously supported this compassionate, common sense legislation to protect babies after five months — changed course. Ellmers claimed that young people don’t care about abortion and that Republicans should not make the pro-life bill
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, recently sat down with The Pulse 2016 to talk pro-life politics, and particularly the controversy that convinced her to work to defeat Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) in next week’s state congressional primary: THE PULSE 2016: So, who’s making you mad this week? MARJORIE DANNENFELSER: Well, Renee Ellmers is at the top of the list. Honestly, she was the first person from North Carolina that I feel like we really could believe in. In a lot of ways, we were also the first PAC in when she decided to run she was a
Roll Call published a story this morning diagnosing one of the key problems with the pro-life, social conservative movement: our bark is worse than our bite. From Roll Call: No House Republican did more to anger anti-abortion groups last year than Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina lawmaker who last January scuttled legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks. At the time, anti-abortion leaders vowed that they and their members would remember Ellmers’ betrayal during her next primary. Apparently, they forgot. Nearly every one of the country’s most prominent anti-abortion groups have stayed out of Ellmers’ primary, not even offering
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) became the face of Republican timidity when she publicly justified torpedoing a quick vote in January on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also known as the 20-week bill. She will reap the whirlwind, but it is the House Republican leadership which deserves the blame for this betrayal. Why are GOP elites so squeamish about voting against late-term abortion? It is telling that Rep. Ellmers’ and others’ decision to torpedo a late-term abortion ban came just after a retreat the leadership organized for GOP House members featuring demographer Neil Howe (who coined the term “millennials”) and focused on
Last week in the Daily Caller, I reported on two profiles of courage – or rather one courageous woman and one. . . not so much. Here was my main point: It isn’t often that The Washington Post describes a defender of abortion as having the “worst week in Washington.” But that is what Post columnist Chris Cillizza did in picking Rep. Renee Ellmers for the honor, thanks to her strange timing in opposing a popular late-term abortion limit while hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers were in town last week. By contrast, a different female leader had the best week in politics: Carly Fiorina. .